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Clean and efficient microCHCP by micro turbine based hybrid systems

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Urban
Total project cost
€4 993 388
EU Contribution
€4 993 388
Project website
Project Acronym
Fit4Micro
STRIA Roadmaps
Low-emission alternative energy for transport (ALT)
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects

Overview

Call for proposal
HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

A clean way to power homes off the electricity grid

Micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP) systems, also known as cogeneration systems, generate heat and electricity simultaneously. The EU-funded Fit4Micro project plans to develop a hybrid micro-CHP unit running on sustainable liquid biofuels. The envisaged technology will be designed for multi-family homes, especially for stand-alone (off-grid) applications. The system will comprise a double shaft micro gas turbine and a humidification unit. This unique combination is expected to drive high electrical efficiencies (>40 %) and have a very flexible heat-to-power ratio. A flameless combustion system will reduce carbon emission levels. Furthermore, the Fit4Micro unit will be integrated with a compression heat pump, an adsorption system and a photovoltaic array that will work in parallel to produce electric and thermal energy.

Objectives

Fit4Micro aims to develop a hybrid microCHP unit running on sustainable liquid biofuels. Application is foreseen at multi-family houses, and more specifically at remote and/or off-grid locations. The innovative system is based on a double shaft micro gas turbine (mGT) combined with a novel humidification unit. This unique combination leads to very high electrical efficiencies (>40%) as well as a very flexible heat:power ratio. Low emissions are achieved by the application of flameless combustion, and a high GHG emission reduction is obtained by using truly advanced, RED2 compliant biofuel.
Use of a mGT as core-unit in Fit4Micro is ideal for domestic usage, as the system has very low noise output and is vibration free. Furthermore, rapid response times and fuel-flexible operation make this the ideal base for a highly efficient hybrid CHP system, resilient to changes in (local) fuel and power markets, empowering the consumers through digital solutions. Furthermore, the Fit4Micro unit will be integrated with a compression heat pump, an innovative adsorption and a solar PV system through the DC power system avoiding transmission losses. A smart control system will be developed to enable optimal performance at all times.

Methodology

Efficient fuel distribution and off-grid operation of Fit4Micro is enabled by using sustainable liquid biofuels. These fuels will be produced from biomass residues and organic waste streams, through fast pyrolysis followed by mild hydro-processing yielding a hydrotreated pyrolysis oil (HPO). In Fit4Micro the objective is to widen the feedstock basis and lower the fuel costs by i) using residues as the primary feedstock, and ii) by limiting hydrogen consumption by application of mild processing conditions.
Besides technological development work, the Fit4Micro project includes specific activities on socio-economic and environmental sustainability, public perception, gender dimensions, market aspects, the regulatory framework & policies.

Funding

Specific funding programme
HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.2 - Energy Supply
Other Programme
HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-08 Cost-effective micro-CHP and hybrid heating systems

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
MITIS
Address
RUE LONGUE 28, 4280 HANNUT, Belgium
EU Contribution
€1 393 360
Partner Organisations
Organisation
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Address
HANSASTRASSE 27C, 80686 MUNCHEN, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€490 980
Organisation
OWI SCIENCE FOR FUELS GMBH
Address
KAISERSTRASSE 100, 52134 HERZOGENRATH, Germany
EU Contribution
€719 723
Organisation
Universite De Mons
Address
Place Du Parc 20, 7000 Mons, Belgium
EU Contribution
€610 000
Organisation
THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF COGENERATION VZW
Address
RUE D'ARLON 80, 1040 BRUSSELS, Belgium
EU Contribution
€240 000
Organisation
ETA - ENERGIA, TRASPORTI, AGRICOLTURA SRL
Address
VIA ANTONIO GIACOMINI 28 STRADARIO M2192, 50132 FIRENZE, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€196 875
Organisation
Fahrenheit Gmbh
Address
SIEGFRIEDSTR 19, 80803 MUNCHEN, Germany
EU Contribution
€403 750
Organisation
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Address
FREDRIK BAJERS VEJ 7K, 9220 AALBORG, Denmark
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€215 763
Organisation
B.t.g. Biomass Technology Group Bv
Address
JOSINK ESWEG 34, 7545 PN ENSCHEDE, Netherlands
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€722 938

Technologies

Technology Theme
Alternative fuels
Technology
Biofuel-diesel blend
Development phase
Validation

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